With extra spice from South India, the 53rd Fairone Filmfare South Awards 2005 was held in Chennai recently.
Among the glitterati at the Filmfare South awards were actors Gautami, Rekha and Kamal Hassan.
South India was swept away by the irresistible razzmatazz of the stars, the silver dust, the guts and the glory.
The event was attended by the "Who's Who" of the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam film industries, including A.R. Rehman, Siddarth of "Rang De Basanti" fame, Abbas, Shobhana, Kamal Hassan, Gouthami, Dhanush, Srikanth, Jeeva, Ramesh, directors Vasanth, Lingusamy, Priyadarshan and Khushboo and many others. The Bollywood brigrade made its presence felt in the form of ravishing Rekha, Jaya Pradha and Shilpa Shetty.
Anuj Saxena gave an award to actor Arya for the best male debut. Anuj's parents Jagdish Saxena and his mother Sneh Saxena also gave awards.
"Anniyan," the blockbuster film directed by Shankar, with Vikram as the hero, bagged eight awards, including the best actor, best director and best film.
Harris Jayaraj was adjudged the best music director, Vairamuthu the best lyricist and Sabu Cyril the best art director.
Ravi Varman and Manikandan won for cinematography and Peter Hynes for best action in other categories in which "Anniyan" bagged the awards. Asin, who had two nominations, for "Ghajini" and "Maja," won the best actor award for her role as the quixotic Kalpana in "Ghajini." Prakashraj won his fourth Filmfare award, this time for his role in "Sivakasi."
Arya and Padmapriya were adjudged the best debutant actors, for their roles in "Arindum Ariyamalum" and "Thavamai Thavamirundu" respectively.
Actor Shobana performed a dance number at the 53rd FairOne Filmfare South Awards held in Chennai.
The best comic actor in Tamil films went to Vadivelu for his role a perfect foil to Rajnikanth in "Chandramukhi." The best Tamil song of the year was "Ra Ra" from the same film.
The prestigious awards, touted by many as India's own Oscars, saw yet another blockbuster, this time from the Telugu film industry, "Nuvosthanante Navodhantana" walking away with more than one award. Trisha and Siddarth bagged the best actor award for the film.
In Kannada, "Ninne Pareli" won the best film, best director, and the best actors were Prem Kumar and Vidya Venkatesh.
Meera Jasmine bagged the best actor award for her role in the Malayalam film, "Achuvinde Amma," while Mohanlal walked off with the best actor role for his phenomenal performance in "Tanmathra."
Blessy won the best director award for "Tanmathra" as well. Thilagan, who has done all the characters that an actor can play in his career, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award along with Sukumari, the Malayalam actor who has made a mark in the industry in a career spanning five decades.
Kannada director Rajaratna ("Ninne Pareli") in his acceptance speech suggested that since Bangalore had a local population of 35 percent, with Andhraites, Tamils and Malayalis making up 30, 25 and 10 percent respectively, the city would love to host the Filmfare awards there as well.